I hate media! On RSS feeds and the economics of content

by Josh Kimball

I don’t technically hate media, but I usually stick to music tech and general geekery on this blog, in efforts to avoid getting bogged down in the same-old, same-old meta media discussions. However, today a funny feed reader juxtaposition’s drawing me out of my anti-media shell.

Does it mean anything at all that on the same day the Freakonomics guys and the New York Times opt for partial RSS feeds (which are just sort of a pain in the ass, not the devil) and reductively sum up and dismiss the idea that “content wants to be free,” defending their stance on the principle that people need to get paid, a prominent venture capitalist blogger talks about distributed media and the nature of digital content in regard to his own blog, writing: “We need to think of content as bits that can be created, assembled, re-assembled, anywhere at any time. Because that is, in fact, what digital content is. I am slowly but surely breaking the content I create up into parts and creating them in different places and then re-assembling them in various ways.”?

Here: newspapers. Here: a tech VC.

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